In a significant turn of events, the Lagos State House of Assembly has taken a stance against the reappointment of six former commissioners who were nominated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the purpose of screening. Among the rejected nominees are notable figures like Gbenga Omotoso, who served as the Commissioner of Information and Strategy; Akin Abayomi, who held the position of Commissioner of Health; and Sam Egube, the former Commissioner of Economic Planning and Budget.
Adding to the list are Cecilia Dada (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation), Olalere Odusote (Energy Resources), and Folashade Adefisayo (Education). These rejections are part of a broader pattern, as a total of 17 nominees have faced rejection by the legislative arm of the government. This decisive action is particularly noteworthy as more than 50 per cent of the rejected nominees had previously worked alongside Governor Sanwo-Olu during his initial term in office.
Even key individuals serving in advisory and managerial roles faced a similar fate. Aramide Adeyoye, the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Sholape Hammond, the Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Rotimi Fashola, the Permanent Secretary on Agriculture, were among those who were unable to secure confirmation from the House.
Out of the 39 commissioner nominees initially presented to the House by Governor Sanwo-Olu, only 22 have successfully passed the confirmation process. Notable figures who emerged from this confirmation include Tokunbo Wahab, the former Special Adviser on Education, and Dolapo Fasawe, the General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa attributed the confirmation of the nominees to a rigorous and comprehensive screening carried out by an ad-hoc committee headed by Fatai Mojeed, the Chief Whip of the House. The Speaker emphasized the nominees’ duty to serve the people of the state above personal interests. Additionally, he pledged the House’s commitment to working in the best interests of the state.
The confirmation process took place through a voice vote, during which each nominee’s name was mentioned by Dr. Obasa, the Speaker of the House. Among those who secured their positions are Layode Ibrahim, Mobolaji Ogunlende, Abisola Ruth Olusanya, Moruf Akinderu Fatai, and more.
On the other hand, individuals who were unable to make the confirmation list include Folashade Adefisayo, Akin Abayomi, Yomi Oluyomi, Folashade Ambrose, Barakat Bakare, Gbenga Omotoso, Olalere Odusote, Rotimi Fashola, Cecilia Dada, Sam Egube, Olalekan Fatodu, Solape Hammond, Mosopefolu George, Aramide Adeyoye, Seun Osiyemi, Rotimi Ogunwuyi, and Olumide Oluyinka.